Getting and Giving 

Holiday Guide 2005

In this can't-we-all-just-get-along era of political correctness, when the retro refrain of "Merry Christmas" has been replaced with the all-inclusive "Happy Holidays," why on earth has Creative Loafing put a massive Santa head on its cover? Let us explain. Our Santa Claus isn't meant to evoke the virgin birth of the baby Jesus. The jolly old soul from the North Pole is a symbol for the spirit of giving. And in that vein, we propose that everyone be a Santa this holiday season by giving something to those less fortunate.

Inside our Give & Get Holiday Guide, you'll find lists of charities and their needs; ways to give of your time if you don't have money to spare; and unique gift ideas that support local artists and independent businesses. And this year Creative Loafing has started its own charitable Give & Get program. We solicit donations of goods and services from generous business owners and match them up with those who are in need or deserve recognition for their contributions to the community.

Give & Get will continue through the month of December, so look for articles every week profiling recipients of our Give & Get program, as well as information on charitable organizations, nifty gift ideas and holiday events. So whether you observe Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, Winter Solstice, Festivus or nothing at all, make like Santa and unleash your generous spirit this holiday season.

-- Suzanne Van Atten



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